LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers have had an interesting schedule this year. They're going from playing in Louisiana last weekend to playing a team from Mexico this week.
Their schedule has thrown several curveballs which the Panthers embrace.
"We went from playing Longview who is a very ground and pound team. They ran the ball so much playing so on the line it was fun. Then Nacogdoches changed it up. Then Parkway was an explosive offense so I think it makes us better," said defensive end Jackson Sorrell. "If we played the same thing every week, then one curveball would just throw us off."
The Panthers, hands down, are favored to win but they won't be slacking off.
Lufkin suffered their first loss of the season last Saturday giving up 69 points against Parkway. There's some obvious room for improvement.
Then district is starting next week.
This game will serve as a way for the team to get back to the basics, executing their assignments and then coming out healthy before the real season begins.
"We need to keep our game up. We're not going to slack down. We definitely don't have the ideology that they're a team from Mexico and they're not that good at football so maybe we shouldn't try. That's not the case," said receiver Beau Atkinson. "We want to keep stepping up and keep building up. We need to go hard just like they're any other team."
Lufkin will play Prepa Tech from Monterrey, Mexico Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.